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Instagram feed won't load on my phone: How to fix the problem


If your Instagram feed isn't loading, there could be many reasons: slow internet, errors on your phone, a technical issue on the Instagram website. In this guide, we will show you how to resolve the problematic situation in simple ways. The instruction will be useful Android and iOS users.

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Unstable Internet connection

A good stable Internet connection is necessary for trouble-free loading of Instagram feed.

Perhaps the connection itself is there, but if the quality of the Wi-Fi interface or the channel that is used to connect to the "world wide web" is poor, then the loading of the page will be stopped.

Also, the Instagram feed does not load if any file is downloaded to the phone. It can be a torrent or downloading an update, a game.

How to fix:

  1. Try reloading the page you are reading this article on.
  2. If the page refreshes for more than 10 - 12 seconds, the problem is definitely a slow internet connection.
  3. If possible, switch to Wi-Fi or mobile internet with a stable speed.

If you made sure that the Internet is working fine, but still Instagram feed is not refreshing, we suggest going to the following steps in the instructions.

Temporary failure on Instagram service

If the server doesn't update Instagram feed and doesn't respond for some reason, all you have to do is wait. You can check the status by accessing your account from another device.

Possible reasons for temporary malfunctions on the Instagram:

  • Unscheduled technical works;
  • Server reboot.
  • Global failure on the Internet

If a technical failure is fixed on the Instagram service and the feed is not updated, after logging out of the account and re-entering it, the corresponding screensaver will be loaded.

You can check the status of Instagram serverlink.

Update your Instagram app

Sometimes you can fix Instagram by updating the app. If the feed is not displayed correctly, try this method.

This technical error is only possible when the automatic update function is disabled. To check it, you need to:

  1. Open the Play Store app
  2. Go to Settings > Network preferences
  3. Tap on the line Auto-update apps
  4. Select the Over Wi-Fi only option.
  1. Go to Manage apps & device
  2. Open the Updates available tab
  3. Tick the checkbox for Instagram
  1. Tap on the Update button at the top
  1. Check if the Instagram feed opens.

You can download Instagram updates for free through Play Market if you are authorized there.

If that was the problem, it is better to leave the "Automatically update Instagram" option enabled. You can also set the notification settings to your liking.

Blocking on Instagram

The administration of Instagram can block the account of a user or company without warning, it is informed by the corresponding message when you try to open the profile. Instagram ban is possible in case of gross violations:

  • User Agreement;
  • Community Guidelines.

If you believe that there were no such violations, it is possible to appeal the blocking. You can be understood and forgiven.

Your Instagram account has been deleted

The worst case scenario is if the account was deleted by you. If you did it yourself or someone who knows your page's contact information, it will be difficult to reactivate Instagram.

How to reactivate Instagram profile

An alternative solution is to create a new account with your information. In this case, you'll have to create new posts and form your Instagram feed from scratch.

Clearing your phone's memory

If your Instagram feed isn't loading or opening slowly, your smartphone or tablet's memory may be full. If the memory is full, your browser, Instagram app is disrupted, you can't update your feed on Facebook, IG and other social networks.

The presence of a red sector in the disk capacity display indicates the possibility of problems related to the lack of memory on the device.

To check the memory status and optimization you need to:

  1. Go to Settings > Battery and device care.
  1. Then go to Storage > Internal storage.
  1. Go back to Device care and tap on Optimize now.
  1. After auto-cleaning, check how the Instagram app works.

You can download a free disk monitoring and cleaning app, such as CCleaner, from Play Market.

Download CCleaner

You can also manually delete videos, photos, or transfer files with a large weight to another drive. More often than not, it is possible to solve the problem without using third-party apps.

Wrong time settings

If the date is incorrectly set on your phone or the time differs from the real time by several hours, the Instagram app will not respond. There may also be various technical problems with the use of the app. It will not be difficult to fix the feed, just correct the time, synchronize the clock with the Internet.

Instructions for Android (Samsung Galaxy)

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to General management > Date and time
  3. Under Date and time, activate the Automatic date and time and Set time zone based on location options

Your Instagram feed should load correctly after applying the settings.

Outdated OS

Instagram when using the latest features is only supported by newer OS's at this time. Older versions of Android, iOS or other operating systems may not be compatible with the Instagram app.

You can update OS via phone settings.

Method 1

Instructions for Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to the Software update section.
  3. Tap on the Download and install button.
  1. Wait for the updates to be downloaded and installed.
  2. After the updates are installed, Your software is up to date.
  1. Restart your phone and update your Instagram app.

Method 2

If your mobile device has a relatively old version of the OS, it is also possible to solve the situation with the help of third-party apps. To do this, install:

Other problems and its solutions

There may be other difficulties related to Instagram malfunctions, displaying feed and posts. To fix them, it is suggested to restart your smartphone or tablet, check your phone and Internet functionality.

If it is not possible to identify and fix the problem, you can call a friend or acquaintance and write a message "I can't update the Instagram feed" and try to solve this problem together. But, most likely, the suggested methods will allow you to fix the failure on your own without having to go to a paid service or contact Instagram support service.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.